Eileen A. Recktenwald, MSW, PhD (hon)
Executive Director
Email: erecktenwald@kasap.org
Mrs. Recktenwald oversees the development and operation of the Association; she provides a structure which promotes collaboration, support, and cooperation for the membership and for allied professionals and groups. Mrs. Recktenwald also administers KASAP funding including monitoring budget and long range financial planning. She ensures that KASAP is compliant with all funding source requirements and regulations, as well as identifying additional sources of funding and advocating for state funding. Mrs. Recktenwald also works closely with the Board of Directors to ensure that the policies the Board has created are being translated correctly and accordingly. Mrs. Recktenwald develops and administers program activities for KASAP in accordance with its mission and within the guidelines set forth by the Board of Directors. 
Jerusha Beebe, MSSW
Advocacy Specialist 
Pronouns: they, them, theirs 
Hey y’all! My name is Jerusha Beebe (they/them), and I am the new Advocacy Specialist at KASAP. I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am to be here. I have been involved in anti-violence work for the past five years doing a mixture of college prevention and education work, hospital and legal advocacy, trainings about serving transgender survivors, victim advocacy in juvenile court, and more. I believe that everybody deserves to bring their whole self to the table when they are in need of support. I also believe that is an achievable vision in Kentucky. I am looking forward to learning more about the amazing advocates and programs across Kentucky as well as supporting our efforts to understand and react to sexual violence through an anti-oppression framework. I know together we can make an impact!
Melissa Gilpin, RN, SANE
Collaboration Specialist
Email: mgilpin@kasap.org
Ms. Gilpin worked as a registered nurse in an emergency department in Bowling Green, KY before joining KASAP. There, she saw first-hand the needs of sexual assault survivors and sought training to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).  As KASAPs collaboration specialist, Ms. Gilpin now coordinates the SANE/SART program and is the central contact for inquiries regarding training, credentialing and continuing education.  Ms. Gilpin also assists rape crisis centers with collaborative projects, such as capacity building for community response to human trafficking and ensuring compliance between KASAP and the Department of Corrections regarding access to services for incarcerated victims.  She is KASAPs staff liaison to the state level Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Council (SART AC). 
Astraea Howard
Prevention Coordinator
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Astraea is responsible for overseeing the implementation of sustainable primary prevention of sexual violence programming statewide. She also serves as staff to the Program Implementation Committee, collaborates with the state core building team, assists in the development of community prevention teams, provides on-site visits and prevention-related training to the Rape Crisis Centers, and serves as the liaison between Green Dot, etc. and KASAP. Previous to joining KASAP, Astraea worked on William & Mary’s campus as a Healthy Relationships/Sexual Violence Prevention Peer Health Educator and as a Confidential Advocate for survivors of sexual assault. Additionally, she interned at the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance, working on their Red Flag Campaign. If you have questions about Green Dot in Kentucky or want to get involved with prevention efforts, contact Astraea.
Stephanie J. Humes, MSSW, CSW
VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Coordinator
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Stephanie joined KASAP in 2017, after working over a decade at a regional rape crisis center program.  She brings expert knowledge in the areas of direct client service provision, grant writing, grant management, agency and program budgeting and planning, compliance, program development and agency operations, as well as 10 years of extensive experience directly overseeing the largest VOCA grant award in Kentucky.   As the KASAP VOCA Coordinator, Stephanie will be working directly with the 13 regional rape crisis centers to best utilize their VOCA funding to serve victims of sexual violence.  She will assist programs in providing coordinated service delivery throughout Kentucky, while monitoring compliance with federal guidelines and developing and enhancing sustainable services.
Laela Kashan
Staff Attorney
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Laela provides legislative advocacy, technical assistance, and training on sexual violence issues throughout the Commonwealth. In her role, she has the privilege of collaborating with advocates, law enforcement, health care staff, attorneys, and others to better address sexual violence from a legal standpoint. Areas of focus include civil and criminal laws, Title IX, human trafficking, confidentiality, and victim rights. Prior to joining KASAP, she worked at the Center for Women and Families as a legal advocate focusing on protection orders, family law, and campus sexual assault issues. She also served in the Peace Corps as a consultant at a domestic violence shelter in the Republic of Moldova. She is a graduate of Chase College of Law.
Joan M. Mattingly
Email: jmattingly@kasap.org
Ms. Mattingly joined KASAP after working over 13 years as the Business Manager for the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center.  She is responsible for the fiscal management of KASAPs financial information, tracking the daily and monthly financial transactions for the organization, check preparation, and providing financial reports for the Board of Directors. Ms. Mattingly provides technical assistance (as it relates for financial matters) for each of the Rape Crisis Centers, assists the Executive Director in preparing KASAPs annual budget, monitors and tracks grant related funds, provides necessary state and federal reports, and serves as a staff person for the Finance Committee. If you have questions regarding budgets, annual fiscal monitoring and results, spending contract money, check information, or the Finance Committee contact Ms. Mattingly
Emily Tamas, MEd.
Program Coordinator
Email: etamas@kasap.org 
Emily has been with KASAP since 2007.  She started her career as a rape crisis service provider; but has worked with multiple populations over the years including adult homeless, children in foster care, and children in residential treatment programs.  As Program Coordinator for KASAP, she provides  guidance and support to Kentucky’s rape crisis centers to keep them in compliance with contractual and regulatory requirements while always keeping focus on client services.  Emily collects and compiles data specific to numbers of clients served, services provided, and client satisfaction regarding those services.  Emily also provides training on multiple topics for programs and community members and sometimes, for fun, she drafts policy.